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Cinema for Peace honors 104 year old Amelia for SELMA in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Cinema for peace and the Mandela family celebrated real life heroes from the movies which were honored in Berlin as the most valuable films of the year.
Cinema for Peace honors 104 year old Amelia for SELMA in Los Angeles

Cinema for Peace honors Amelia Boynton Robinson


The creator of  SELMA, Paul Webb, hailed America's oldest civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson and read a few scenes from his script to show to the audience  the importance of Amelia in the march, which changed America.



The 104 year old Amelia asked Dr.Martin Luther King to come to Alabama 3 times before he finally agreed. Amelia hosted Dr. King at her home and the march actually began from her office. She said that she was advised against making the trip to Los Angeles due to her age: "But I was determined to come to Los Angeles. As long as I am breathing I will be sharing our story". The situation in 1965 was terrible: "Black folks were too frightened, white folks were too cruel, but I knew that this march was the way to change".

Amelia reported how she brought Martin Luther King to Selma and she spoke of her incredible parents who told her "to hold your head high, you are the descendants of kings and queens". Amelia said "There is no room for hate in a heart. There should only be room for love and for forgiveness."

Amelia was beaten and arrested by sheriff Clarke and she was nearly beaten to death during the march, but she forgave her (...) And she even visited years later the funeral of sheriff Clarke.

Amelia reported how they all sat in jail and sang the same song as 50 years ago: "We are here lord, we are here. We are here Lord, we are here" - the hymn of Kumbaya.


Amelia ,103-110 years old (she says 105, her passport 1905 as birthyear):

"We need to get rid of hate."

"I was told I can't come cause of my age, but I was determined ."

"You should always walk straight , we are descendants of queens and kings."


Beside honoring Amelia Kweku Mandela also presented the Nelson Mandela Award to the family of Louis Zamperini. Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN is another story of the human spirit and the will to survive that Louis Zamperini explemplified in his life, surviving the torture of the Japanese. There was a strong family's resemblance in the room and as Louis son took the stage he said "It is so strange to see this film because they are  talking about my Dad." He thanked for being honored for the first time in such manner while celebrating the legacy of his father. The films producer Matt Baer spoke of the honour  to produce the film. Zamperini forgave his torturers and did get to run with the Olympic torch  at the age of 80 in Japan.


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